Alpine Habitat Diversity - HABITALP
Project Identification Card

The HABITALP project deals with the diversity of alpine habitats and its goal is to monitor in a standardized way long term environmental changes in these habitats. This is performed with the help of colour infrared (CIR) aerial photographs. Special focus is given to the identification and long term survey (monitoring) of NATURA 2000 sites, in particular of habitats cited in annex I of the Habitat Directive, which are detectable by aerial photographs.

In August 2002, the European Union selected HABITALP as an alpine wide research project in the context of the first call for applications of the INTERREG III B Alpine Space Programme. The project is classified as follows:

Priority 3

Wise management of nature, landscapes and cultural heritage, promotion of the environment and the prevention of natural disasters

Measure 2 Good management and promotion of landscapes and cultural heritage

Eleven protected areas are active within HABITALP, divided as follows among five nations: Germany (1), Austria (1), Italy (5), France (3), Switzerland (1). Berchtesgaden National Park is the leader for the overall project.

The project runs for 4 years from 1.11.2002 to 31.10.2006 and operates on a total budget of 2.100.000 €, to which the European Union contributes 991.680 €.